Dardistan by G W Leitner
"Dardistan" by G. W. Leitner is a fascinating and insightful book that takes readers on a journey through the rugged and remote region of Dardistan, located in the Himalayan Mountains of northern Pakistan.
Leitner, a renowned linguist and scholar, spent several years living among the people of Dardistan, immersing himself in their culture and language. This deep understanding and appreciation of the region and its people are evident throughout the book.
Through Leitner's vivid descriptions, readers are transported to the rugged landscapes, bustling bazaars, and remote mountain villages of Dardistan. We meet the region's diverse inhabitants, from the hardy and stoic Baltis to the fierce and independent Kafirs.
But "Dardistan" is not just a travelogue; it is also a deep dive into the history, culture, and politics of the region. Leitner provides a detailed account of the region's religious and cultural traditions, as well as its complex political and social dynamics.
One of the most impressive aspects of "Dardistan" is Leitner's mastery of the local languages. He provides readers with a wealth of linguistic insights, including detailed explanations of the region's complex dialects and unique vocabulary.
The book provides an in-depth investigation into the history, religions, customs, legends, fables and songs of Dardistan including Gilgit, Chilas, Gabrial, Yasin, Chitral, Hunza, Nagar and other parts of Hindu Kush.
Overall, "Dardistan" is a rich and engaging read that provides a unique window into a fascinating and often overlooked corner of the world. Leitner's passion for the region and its people shines through on every page, making this book a must-read for anyone interested in the history and culture of the Himalayas.
Publisher - Gulshan Books